UPDATED: Berthoud Pass now open after closing Thursday, for second time this week, along with several other highways in mountain corridor
March 7, 2019
Update 10:30 a.m. Thursday: Highway 9 at Green Mountain Reservoir has now reopened after this morning’s rock slide.
Update 9:30 a.m. Thursday: Berthoud Pass has now reopened and the avalanche mitigation is completed, according to CDOT.
Update 9 a.m. Thursday: Highway 9 has been reduced to one lane between mileposts 118 and 126, at Green Mountain Reservoir, due to a rock slide, according to CDOT. Traffic is being detoured onto Heeney Road. Expect long delays.
Heavy traffic is likely across western Grand County due to multiple road closures across the state.
Highway 40 is closed from Cooper Creek Way in Winter Park to I-70, over Berthoud Pass, for avalanche mitigation work with no estimated time of reopening, according to CDOT’s Twitter.
Summit Fire & EMS is reporting that an avalanche near the Conoco in Copper Mountain has ruptured a natural-gas line. Interstate 70 is currently closed between Frisco and Vail. Crews are on scene.
Summit County School District announced all Summit schools are closed today due to winter weather and staff and student safety.
I-70 is closed in both directions over Vail Pass due to extreme weather conditions and an avalanche. Anticipate the closure to remain in place until mid-morning. Avalanche crews are on scene and will be mitigating the hazards.
Colorado 91 is also closed between Leadville and Copper. Highway 24 is still open but you will not be able to access CO 91. Highway 6 Loveland Pass is closed due to adverse conditions. The Colorado Department of Transportation states there is no estimated reopen time for any of these highways. Mountain travel in these areas is highly discouraged at this time.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting avalanche danger at extreme, 5 out of 5. It is advising against any travel in the backcountry, with large avalanches expected in many areas.
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather warnings and winter weather advisories for most mountain areas today through 5 p.m. Thursday.
CDOT reports all mountain areas, including the I-70 mountain corridor, are expecting heavy snow at times with accumulations 10 to 24 inches possible, with winds gusting up to 55 mph. Expect traffic delays, chain and traction laws.